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Christmas Cheer: How to Make Your Home Smell Like Christmas Without Using Chemicals

My neighbour just popped over with a little gift (have I mentioned before how much I love my neighbourhood? Oh, I do!) for me. She follows this blog and knows that I’ve been trying to eliminate the number of toxins that my family is exposed to, and brought me over a sweet little package for making my home smell all lovely and Christmas-y — naturally, without chemicals.

Natural Christmas Smells, Package

She said it is her new “go-to” hostess gift … but also perfect for colleagues, teachers, and anyone else you’d like to give a little thank-you present to.

Inside a clear cellophane bag, she has included a mandarin, a little apple, cloves, and cinnamon sticks. Then she has clipped some spruce twigs from her yard and tied up the package with a cheerful Christmas ribbon.

The receiver (moi!) then cuts everything up and puts it in a pot of water on low heat. The combination of the ingredients and the heat result create the aroma.

Ingredients for natural Christmas aroma

How great is that? I love it! Many thanks to my awesome neighbour and friend for sharing this with me! I’ve had the ingredients on the stove for only about 10 minutes and already the house smells so different. It’s a happy, cozy smell.

Heat water and ingredients on low temperature

P.S. What are your “go to” hostess/host gifts? I’m looking for some ideas for a few events coming up over the next few days.

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